River Cruising with Rose

In May I was able to cruise the Rhone River in France’s Burgundy and Provence regions on AMA Waterways. My travel passion is enjoying fabulous food and wonderful wines and this trip did not disappoint!  
 
We began our adventure in Paris, where we spend 4 great days. Some of the highlights of our Paris stop was the Eiffel Tower, a sunset Seine River cruise, a 10 course 5 star meal and the Perre Lechaise Cemetery where famous celebs like Jim Morrison, Chopin and Oscar Wilde are buried.
 
We took a high speed train from Paris to Lyon, where out river ship was waiting for us. Stepping on to a river boat is a lot different than an ocean liner.  There are only 150 passengers on board with 3 decks.  The intimate setting makes it easy to get to know your fellow cruisers and you learn way around the ship pretty quick.
 
After spending the night docked in Lyon and touring it’s sights, we began our journey downstream towards the Mediterranean Sea.  We experienced 16 locks on our trip, as the river continually decreased and we needed to bring the ship down to sea level on the other side of the locks.  The tallest deepest lock we traversed was 40 feet down.
 
On our next ports of Viviers, Tournon, Avignon and Arles, we toured dozens of churches and architectural marvels- some dating back to the 12th century.  It was interesting to learn about the Popes of Avignon perfecting the wine industry in the region, which is how the red wine varietal region of Chateneuf du Pape gets it’s name.
 
River cruising is a great way to leave the planning to the tour director and explore the local culture up close and personal.  We docked right in the heart of the city allowing an easy walk to the most popular destinations.  But the best part is that Shore Excursions are Included in the price!  There were 3-5 excursions each day to choose from, each with a different level of effort- easy, moderate and active.  We chose most of the active excursions and got to see the cities on foot with hikes up and down steep mountains, fast paced city walking tours and bicycle tours. There are also bus tours for an easy view of the sights as well as for farther destinations that take you to Truffle Hunting with Dogs, Olive Oil Farms, Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours and so much more.
 
I’d recommend this Rhone River Cruise itinerary for adults who love good wine, great food, appreciate renaissance, gothic and roman architecture and enjoy a bit of world history mixed with catholic and christian religious history.  You should be mobile and in fairly good physical health, as wheelchairs,canes and walkers would not do well on the ancient cobblestone streets and navigating the ramp to and from the ship . I would choose a different itinerary if you’re definitely not a wine drinker or if you are planning to travel with kids or teens, as they may be easily bored.  There are no kids programs on most river cruise ships which means they have mostly adults onboard.
 
I have done river cruises in Egypt on the Nile and in Germany on the Rhine. After this Rhone River Adventure in France, I am ready to take on the Danube for a visit to Prague and Budapest next.  
 
If you’re planning a river cruise, I’d be happy to share my experiences with you and help guide you to a great ship and itinerary that matches your travel personality.
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Wanda’s Grand Voyage

Roseborough’s own Wanda Hamm talks about her Grand Voyage around the globe.

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How many days was your cruise?

111 Days. We left on January 4th this year and returned home on April 26th. It was round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale.

How many different ports of call did you go to?

There were 36 scheduled ports, but we missed two of them due to bad weather.
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Why did you decide to go on a grand voyage?

We decided to do the World Cruise to see as much of the world as we could without having to pack and unpack. The cruise ship was our moving hotel. Also, I don’t like to fly, so this was a perfect alternative.

What makes a Grand Voyage different from the other cruises you have gone on?

They roll out the red carpet on the World Cruise.  Holland has Gala Night with nice gifts such as luggage, Waterford Frames, Chocolates, World Cruise Logo Items, and Dinner with the Captain.  There are lots of parties for various occasions.  And the dining experience is above any other cruise I have been on.

What was your favorite experience from the cruise?

We loved all of the ports, but we especially loved Japan – the cities were extremely clean and the people were very friendly and helpful to us as visitors.  Oman was another favorite, we fell in love with the people. Kindness is very important to them.

Why should someone consider a grand voyage?

It is a trip of a life time and exceeds anything you could imagine.  The memories you create and bring back, you will cherish them forever.

Explorer Spotlight: Antarctica on Azamara Club Cruises

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dianeheadBy: Diane Congdon- an adventurous and well traveled client of Roseborough Travel Agency.

 

The most absolute-over-the-top trip I have ever taken was a cruise to Antarctica in 2008 on the Azamara Journey.  At about 700 passengers, it was the smallest, most luxurious ship and the longest trip I had taken.

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Why Antarctica?  As a long-time Floridian, I am always looking for cooler weather and mountains for my trips.  The scenery was so breathtakingly spectacular that it is not describable in words.  I spent three days standing on the deck from dawn to dusk in rain, snow, sleet, hail and sunshine looking at icebergs more than a mile long and much taller than the ship (and remember only 1/10 of the berg actually shows above the water), beautiful mists, whales and bazillions of penguins and other birds, only coming in to get dry gloves and socks and a hot drink.  We went where the ice captains knew there were things to see with no set itinerary; if we saw something, the ship stopped and we looked.

The real bonus was the Chilean fjords.  Because the ship was so small, we hugged the coast line of Chile from Valparaiso down to the tip of South America.  The fjords rivaled, and may have exceeded, the beauties of the Alaska and Norway coasts.  The other real bonus was the people; the Chileans, Uruguayans and Argentinians were so welcoming and so proud of their lands.  I took a horseback ride to the end of the Americas; drank great Chilean wines; had Uruguayan barbecue at a ranch; bought a hand-woven wool shawl from the woman who carded the wool, wove the yarn and made the shawl (using sign language, finger waving and smiles to make the purchase).

 

And, yes, Roseborough planned this trip for me.

 

This trip is still at the top of my list to do again.  Along with a safari-laden trip to South Africa.

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A Magical Disney Experience

A Magical Disney Experience

By Amanda Vallone

To see Disney through a two and three year olds eyes is truly magical!

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This weekend I brought my daughter Aurora (not named after the princess, rather the Aurora Borealis- see Alaska) to visit her Gigi and her cousins in Orlando.

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Sure Disney is only a hop, skip, and a jump from our office and home in DeLand, Florida… but we decided to get a hotel at Disney so we could make the most of the family experience and our time. Rather than driving to and fro on I-4 we crammed 6 of us in the family suite at the Art of Animation Resort on Disney Property.

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Art of Animation is the budget level accommodation on Disney property that is also the newest hotel on property. It is themed after the animators pallet. There are sketches everywhere and paintings. When you walk into the resort there are cast members who will teach your children how to draw famed characters like Nemo, one of the stars of the resort.

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Art of Animation is themed after Nemo, Little Mermaid, Lion King, and Cars. They have family style rooms and whole buildings and pools themed after each movie. We stayed in a Nemo Family suite. When you walked into our building ( building 4) you walked right under the seagulls known  to go “mine mine mine” well guess what? The said “mine mine mine” every 15 minutes. It wasn’t annoying, you could only hear it if you were right near them (and we had the first room in the hotel door entry- I promise they were not annoying).

The resort had one large Nemo/ mermaid under the sea style pool and one more small quiet “cozy cone” Cars themed pool.

Our family style suite was what I would consider to be related to a Holiday Inn style accommodation. It was a budget friendly accommodation. Not many frills or thrills.. Entry level. But totally Disney themed and did the trick!

Two totally cool things- We had 2 full baths in our room.

And 3 double beds or larger. So we were able to accommodate George and I plus Aurora in the Master bedroom (with a pack and play provided by the resort for Aurora).art of animation george

My sister in law, Stephanie stayed in the full size murphy bed in the  dining room, and my in laws, George & Joanne stayed in the family room on the pull-out couch.

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There was even a mini kitchenette

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Additional things at the resort were: Full food court, bar, fun bicycle experience around the lake (watch my youtube video here), and a huge Disney Store on property.

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Are you a Foodie or Wino? Well do I have a Cruise for you!

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When you go on vacation is one of your biggest concerns the food you will eat while you are there? Do you like to experience new types of foods? Enjoy the local flavors and hit the hot spots with the best meals?

Do you LOVE a good wine? Enjoy visiting wineries and learning about the process of wine-making?  Like exploring food pairings and enjoy where your taste buds bring you when you find that perfect Merlot, crisp Chardonnay, or savory Cabernet.

Whatever your taste may be- if you are a wino or a foodie you will fit right in on an Oceania Cruise. Recently, I went to a lunch and learn seminar to get better acquainted with the cruise line we love so much -Oceania- I came out mesmerized.

On a normal basis we tell our clients about taking the next step into an upper premium cruise like Oceania. This line is perfect for those seeking an escape from their high profile business careers and a way to relax in luxury, style, and comfort.But relax is not the only thing people want to do while on vacation. EXPERIENCE is another thing most want to do or have. How about taking a cooking class with a master chef? Well you can do this on an Oceania Cruise! And the foodie in you can experience love, relaxation, and a great vacation on Oceania too.

Does the Cruise Ship wait for you?

People always seem to think when they go on a cruise the ship will wait for them if they are a few minutes late. Well it is time for you to decide if you want to chance it next time you are on a cruise.

Every travel agent should have a video to show their clients.

youtube video compliments of TravelGuyTravel.